County news: Teen killed man with single punch

Andre King killed a man with a single punch

A teenage boy from Maidstone is starting a sentence of three years and three months in a young offender institution following the death of a man last year.

Andre King, of Church Street, Maidstone, killed Wayne Chester by punching him once outside a fast food restaurant in the county town on 29 September 2017.

The 17-year-old admitted manslaughter when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court. He had initially been charged with murder.

The court heard that Mr Chester, aged 50, had left a fast-food restaurant with a friend, when he was involved in an argument with a group outside.

At 10.30pm, he was approached by one of the group and punched to the face.

Andre King: Manslaughter

This caused him to fall to the ground where he lay unconscious outside the McDonald’s in Week Street.

The attacker ran away and was picked up later by police.

Mr Chester was taken to a London hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead the next day.

His death was investigated by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

After the case Ch Insp Mick Gardner of Maidstone police said: “This was a tragic death of a man who had been on his way home after enjoying an evening out with friends.

“Mr Chester’s death has had a profound and devastating impact on the lives of his family and friends.

“Our thoughts are with his bereaved relatives who have assisted us throughout the investigation and trial process.”

King will serve half of his sentence before being eligible for release.

Despite being only 16 when the crime was committed, Judge Jeremy Carey lifted the restriction on him being identified. He said the principle of open justice favoured lifting the automatic restriction.


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